The transition seems to have been in the works for some time.
Juhl joined Essence just seven months ago from Razorfish, where he was president of the West region. He will remain based in San Francisco, close to Essence's largest customer, Google. Meanwhile two other founding partners will take on new roles and return to the London home base. Andrew Shebbeare, previously chief strategist, becomes global innovation director, and CIO Andy Bonsall becomes "executive consultant." Both will return to London this year.
Juhl's priorities as CEO include building a broader client base so Essence is less reliant on Google. Recent agency-of-record assignments include Method Home and casino games developer DoubleDown Interactive. The company manages a total of $500 million in media spend.